• February 02, 2022

Jesus Alvarado Killed in Auto-Pedestrian Accident on US-281 in Hidalgo County, TX

Hidalgo County, TX -- February 1, 2022, 22-year-old Jesus Adrian Alvarado was struck and killed by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 281 in Hidalgo County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:00 p.m. on US-281 just south of the Brooks County line. Preliminary investigation suggests a pickup truck was northbound on the highway as the driver allegedly tried to evade U.S. Border Patrol agents. The pickup driver lost control of the vehicle and swerved into the center median, where it came to rest.

All the pickup's occupants reportedly exited the vehicle and scattered, and moments later Alvarado was struck by another northbound vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Jesus Alvarado Accident on US-281 in Hidalgo County

News reports suggest this terrible incident may have been the outcome of a pursuit by the Border Patrol. It's not my place to remark on that; however, I cannot help but wonder if the tragic auto-pedestrian wreck that followed could have been avoided.

I read the same reports as anyone else and have no special insights about the events on US-281. However, I can't help but wonder if approaching drivers might have seen the pickup stop in the median and several people leave it on foot. If they could see all that happen and still chose to try and blast by the site at highway speeds, I can't help but wonder if the law would say they did everything a reasonably prudent person would in the same circumstances. If not, there may be some questions of liability to address down the road.

As I said, it's not my place to speculate overmuch on the issues with the Border Patrol. When I see an incident like this, I simply wonder if someone really had to die on top of all the other complicated issues happening at the time. Hopefully time and further investigation can shed some additional insight about that.

Jesus Alvarado Killed in Auto-Pedestrian Accident on US-281 in Hidalgo County, TX

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